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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Kerala Style Nandu Roast Recipe | Nadan Njandu Roast | Spicy crab roast in Kerala Style

When I was in Chennai, I had got crabs quite a few times since my neighbour helped me with the cleaning of the crabs. After making Crab Masala with Coconut, I was searching for some other recipes without coconut and this recipe caught my attention. I gave it a try and it came out very well. I was postponing this post since the pictures were not good. However, I am never going to buy crab until someone is there to help me out with cleaning. So, I just thought of posting the recipe with my very old pictures. Let us move on to the recipe:

Crab(Cleaned) - 250 gms
Onion - 1
Tomato - 1
Green chilli - 1
Thick coconut milk - 1/4 cup
Salt - as required
Oil - 1 tblsp 
Curry leaves - few
To Grind: 
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 2 cloves
Shallots - 4 to 5
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp(optional) 
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Black pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
1.Grind the items under 'To Grind' to a smooth paste. In a wide pan, add the oil and allow the curry leaves to crackle. Then add the chopped onion and the green chilli. When the onion turns transparent, add the ground masala.
2. When the raw smell of the masala leaves, add the chopped tomato. when the tomato mashes well, add the cleaned crabs. Add required salt and 1/4 cup water.
4. Cover and cook the crab for 10 to 12 mins or until the gravy thickens. Then open the pan and add the coconut milk. After few mins when the gravy completely coats the crab, switch off the flame.
Serve the yummy and spicy crab roast with steamed rice and any curry of your choice. I served it with rasam.
Points to remember:
  • Since we are using chilli powder, pepper and green chilli, the crab roast is little spicy. So adjust it as per your taste buds.
  • Stir continuously after adding the coconut milk, else it might curdle.
  • Make sure to cook the masala until oil separates before adding the crab for the great flavour to the roast.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya


  1. Yummy.. my favourite. Want to eat it right now.

  2. Looks delicious.. I have never tried cooking crab so far!! Should give a try soon!!


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